[XeTeX] "new-babel", was: Ancient Greek hyphenation
wspr81 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 02:51:44 CEST 2007
On 21/04/2007, at 3:51 , Alexej Kryukov wrote:
> Well, my Antomega package does just the same thing, and I think it
> is better than Mem at many aspects :)
I ran into your package once and promptly forgot about it (Omega was
before my time). Thanks for your comments!
> That's why, I think, instead of creating a completely new xbabel the
> community should focus on improving existing Babel modules by removing
> some features inherited from very old times which now bring
> complexity into typesetting documents not only with XeTeX, but even
> standard (pdf)latex.
This is interesting, though.
What exactly would a new babel package perform?
I think Bruno is on the right track with wanting to eliminate the
formatting-changing aspects of the package, since that is pretty
fragile when you start talking about changing other packages and
I don't write multilingual documents, but it seems to me there's only
a couple of things required: hyphenation, and optionally font-
switching. XeTeX's new "auto font switch" idea (in the svn
repository) should be incorporated. And that should all be bundled up
in the \foreignlanguage--type commands.
But what have I missed? Because the babel packages can get pretty
complicated. It looks to me like there's more effect stripping back
the existing ones than creating new ones from scratch...
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